Just about 30 minutes by Dart from Dublin city, Howth is both a commercial and leisure harbour popular with visitors.
On most visits, one will see fishing boats moored or leaving and entering the harbour. The harbour is also home to Howth Yacht Club HYC and Howth Boating Club.
The east pier is popular with visitors as they can walk the high pier walls and enjoy the view of Howth cliffs and Ireland's Eye.
Fresh fish can be bought from many of the fish mongers on the west pier.
Today one can buy fresh fish from the fish mongers on the west pier, enjoy the antics of the seals and sea birds, but don't feed them as they lose their hunting skills, stroll about the harbour, walk the cliff paths and beaches or take a ferry around Ireland's Eye.
A castle has stood in its present position for over 700 years.
Within the castle grounds there is a bar and a number of golf and pitch and putt courses. These courses are open to non members.
The public can stroll about the paths within the grounds and visit the Rhododendron garden, particularly in May and June, when they are in flower.
Howth Head lies above the habour and has a variety of walks and tracks suitable for most visitors. The head is easily accessible by car and a car park is located right on the summit. Visitors arriving by train can walk the East Cliff path.
The walk takes about an hour depending on how long one lingers.
Below the cliffs many sea birds nest from April to July.
From the summit one can walk back the road to Howth or if feeling fit continue the walk around to Red Rock and Sutton.
There has been a lighthouse on Howth head since 1667. The current building was erected at the new location in 1814.
In 1996 the lighthouse became automatic and has been unmanned since 1997.
Ireland's Eye is a small island just off the fishing village of Howth. While the island is uninhabited it can be accessed by small ferry operating form Howth Harbour. The island is shared by the sea birds and visitors.
You can take the ferry from the Howth Harbour and stop off on the island and later be picked up for the return trip.
The beach is overlooked by a Martello Tower and the ruins of a church.
There are a few pairs of puffins - so if you are lucky and careful you may see them close to the cliffs.
There are a large number of gulls and the Great Black Backed Gull has colonised the upper slopes and grass lands - making their nests right beside the paths and tracks.
During the nesting season - April to July these gulls make diving attacks on those who are careless or have walked too close to nests.
The trip takes about 45 minutes and brings you around the north face of the island which is rugged and sheer.
On the tour you will pass colonies of nesting birds ( during April - July), the sea stack, simply called The Stack, and the small islet of Thulla.
Due to the large number of nesting birds on the island during April - July, dogs should not be brought onto the island.
Walking, strolling, seal watching, birding, sailing, climbing, water skiing, wining dining - Howth has it all and is just about 30 minutes from Dublin City.
On the road up to the village there are some fine views overlooking the port and island.
The village has quite a number of pubs and restaurants.
At the west end of this beach, tide permitting, one can walk around to Sutton or Burrow beach.
It is possible to return to Howth by exiting Burrow beach and walking back along a small track that starts at the end of Burrow Road.
While Burrow beach always has water close to shore even at low tide one must be careful of the current that flows in the channel.